The legendary guitarist from Quicksilver Messenger Service recorded this album in 1976, shortly after returning from a UK tour with Welsh band Man. The great thing about John Cipollina is his guitar playing. But the other great thing was his willingness to play rock and roll. He was not concerned about his status as a star but clearly was a musician who liked the idiom and liked to perform and liked to do so with other kindred spirits. Sharing his wealth of talent is the mark of a special man, of a man with humility and a generous spirit and these attributes are clearly in evidence in these performances.
Raven is described as Cippolina's version of a big band and the album is a testament to that idea. There is a tightness in the performances which shows the familiarity of the material and sense of sharing. It is clear too that the band members shared a closeness which is more than friendliness, a sort of spirituality which is very special.
An enjoyable album as a historical record, as an example of John Cipollinas playing, as a part of the Bay Area musical legacy, and as the work of a rock 'n 'roll band. Extensive notes on the story of Raven and the trials and tribulations of bringing it to fruition. All songs have been remastered from the original tapes.
|1||Rock & Roll Nurse||5:29|
|2||True Golden Touch||5:20|
|3||Do What You Do||6:31|
|6||Grass Is Always Greener||4:14|
|8||All Worth The Price||5:27|
|9||Ride (Highway Song)||6:17|
|10||Burning Corte Madera||3:33|
|13||Razor Blade & Rattlesnake||5:04|